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Carnival warns of deeper Middle East, Japan impact, sees softness in Southern Europe, UK bookings

Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest cruise shipping group, says events in North Africa and the Far East will have a deeper negative effect on earnings than previously forecast plus adds that bookings in Southern Europe and the UK show softness.

Carnival says the revised impact from the prolonged conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as the earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan, which combined resulted in over 300 deployment changes, will cost the company an additional $0.15 per share for the second half of 2011. In addition, the increases in fuel prices net of currency exchange rates will cost the company approximately $0.05 per share in the second half of the year.

In its March guidance, the company underestimated the full impact of these events on its second half earnings. The March guidance occurred just one week after substantially all the Itinerary changes resulting from these events were announced and only days after the Japanese earthquake.

The company has also experienced softness in bookings for the Southern Europe and UK markets, which will result in reduced revenues costing an additional $0.05 per share for the second half of 2011. "However, the company expects to offset the effect of this $0.05 per share in other cost areas of the business. Revenue performance for the North American brands remains strong and the company continues to expect sequential improvement in the second half of the year," Carnival said

"The company will announce second quarter results and more details of its 2011 full year guidance (updated for current spot prices for fuel and exchange rates) in its regularly scheduled earnings release and conference call to be held on June 21, 2011," the company stated.

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